Most of you know about my love of mini Edward. I am very grateful to Neca for creating him. If it wasn't for Neca, you all wouldn't even know I existed. Now I know all of you are grateful for Neca.
Who is Neca might you ask? Neca is the company that supplies all your crack..er.. I mean Twilight merchandise. Neca is responsible for bringing this into my life:
I have to admit that I was very impressed with mini Edward's likeness to Robert Pattinson. It's not easy to make a mass produced action figure look exactly like it's muse, so I give props to Neca for the detail that went into the hair, the face, the jaw, and even the general body shape is pretty similar. So similar in fact, that while looking through some Eclipse Premier photos, I spotted something familiar. Pay attention to Rob in this photo. Honestly, who else would you pay attention to?
Crazy huh? The only thing mini Edward is missing is someone wrinkling his coat. Seriously, why wasn't he batting her away all night. He should make her pay his dry cleaning bill.
Basically, what I'm saying is that Neca had a good thing going. They had the perfect mold for mini Edward. He looked right, had wonderful bendable elbows that made posing easy, and a posable tilting head that changes his expression. All they had to do for the next films was change the outfit.
I was so excited for the release of the New Moon action figures. I remember being at work and checking all the Twi blogs and someone posted the first pics of the action figures. I couldn't wait to see, but when I first saw NM mini Edward, my heart sunk a little....
Ok, he's not that bad. The face and hair are a lot different but still bears an acceptable resemblance. The outfit is completely boring with some of the highest waisted pants ever. I know Edward is 109 and all, but he doesn't have to dress like it. They should have used the Strutward outfit. Then I was really saddened by the lack of bendable elbows. Oh well, I thought, and just went to the store to get one anyway. But what I found scared the bejebus out of me.
What the crap?! What happened?! Neca screwed up Edward as much as Summit did! When did Edward gain 30 pounds? Is Edward allergic to bee stings because his face and neck are more swollen than a body builder's. Why did they model the chin after Jay Leno? This looks like a mix between Donny Osmand and Arnold Schwartzinager. And to be honest it frightens me. It turns out the proto type they show everyone is not quite what they mass produce and sell. I was heart broken. I could not bring myself to buy one. Even about a month ago when I found it for $2.50 I still couldn't do it.
Then they came out with this..
Poor guy, I think Kristen Stewart got a hold of his shirt. And I don't recall Edward wearing a corset under his shirt either. And we're still going with the ugly face? Ok.
I didn't have my hopes up for the Eclipse action figures. I was secretly hoping that they would fix all the issues with NM Edward. They did do a bit of a better job with the face and gave him a tilting head. In my line of bloggy work, that is a must.Honestly, the I think the only reason I can tolerate this one is the outfit. I'm sucker for the denim coat, but I don't know why Neca made it black. Still we have no bendable elbows though. I am saddened by all of this. I know all of you are probably weeping by now after reading this. I feel your pain. I wonder if we all sign a petition, Neca will go back to the original mold and not screw up the Breaking Dawn Edward. Some how, I doubt it.
I guess you just can't mess with perfection.